After years training my palate and pouring over the details of beer through Certified Cicerone® training, hosted tastings and casual sips, I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you. I offer fun, educational courses in beer style history, food pairing, draught system maintenance, off-flavor detection and other tasting and beer training experiences.

If you’re interested in any of the following tasting or training options please send a note my way to garth@garthsbrewbar.com.

Beer Tasting

Through the tasting experiences I’ve hosted, I’ve gotten pretty good at choosing beers for every palate, even those who have given up on beer. There are options out there for people who prefer wine, energy drinks and milkshakes. In this tasting, we’ll explore a variety of styles, chat through the history of each and go through a blind tasting and a terminology exercise. This is the most motley tasting experience I host. Ready to have some fun?

Ingredient Tasting

In this unique experience, you’ll finally put words to the aromas you smell and flavors you taste in the most popular styles of beer. You’ll sample hand-picked American craft beers and a variety of ingredients associated with each. We’re talking pairings like Working Draft Beer Company’s Dad Bod alongside chocolate covered espresso beans. Or Karben4’s America AF alongside fresh guava, grilled watermelon, lemon grass and pilsner malt. Prepare your palate and get ready to taste ingredients you otherwise may never try!

Beer Pairing Events

Whether it’s a five-course dinner party, a Halloween-themed event or a Girl Scout cookies soiree, we’ll bring the beer and the goods for a custom pairing that’s truly one of a kind. I host on-site company pairing events and free-style in-home experiences. Let’s chat about what event I can host for you!

Certified Cicerone® Training

Looking to bolster your beer list, create unique food pairings or host training sessions for your staff? In this training session, we’ll cover the history and rise of craft beer, the brewing process, homebrewing, ingredients, style overviews, flavor profiles, presentation and pouring, pairing techniques and differences in fresh and aged beer. Yea, it’s a lot, and that’s why – as it is with all tastings and trainings – this can be customized to fit your needs.

Off-Flavor Course

This course is my favorite. Whether you’re studying to become a Certified Cicerone® or simply want to fine-tune your palate to detect off-flavors which are sadly still all too common in beers, we’ll walk through blind tastings and discuss what causes off-flavors and tips to avoid them. You’ll cringe at some flavors we taste, but I promise to bring a bottle or two of good stuff, too.

Let’s Chat

I’d love to work with you to design a custom tasting or training session whether it’s for a friendly group, a corporate event, restaurant staff or you, personally. If you’re interested, please email me at garth@garthsbrewbar.com and let’s chat.